Worcester residents are being urged to check the location of their polling station ahead of the City Council elections on May 2 – as some polling stations have changed from previous years.
One new polling station is in use this year along with two others that have only hosted voting once before – so some voters will be heading to a new venue to cast their vote.
Voters will also soon be receiving polling cards for the European Elections, in which some different polling stations will be used.
Every voter’s polling card lists where they need to go to cast their vote on May 2 – and the information can also be found at www.worcester.gov.uk/elections
Shane Flynn, Electoral Registration Officer for Worcester City Council, said: “You might have cast your vote in the same place for many years, but please check your polling card before you set out to vote on May 2 – your polling station may have changed this time.
“And please make sure you’re checking the correct polling card. The one for May 2 will say, ‘Election of a councillor to Worcester City Council’.”
The brand new polling station this year is The Hall at MGM Philadelphia Christian Assembly, 2 Norwich Road, which is being used instead of the Punch Bowl Inn.
Two other polling stations for May 2 may also be different for some voters, as these have only been used once before:
- A portakabin in the Waverley St play area car park, instead of Worcester City Gymnasium in Willow Street
- Medway Youth and Community Centre in Medway Road, instead of the Gun Tavern.
Facts & tips about polling stations
- Every polling station has a ramp or a separate entrance, to make sure it’s accessible
- Every polling station has a wheelchair-accessible polling booth
- You can ask to see a large print ballot paper or for a visual aid at the polling station, if you need help to see the ballot paper
- You can ask for a tactile voting device at the polling station, if you need help to cast your vote
- You can take your assistance dog into the polling station with you (but no other dogs are allowed)
- The Presiding Officer at the polling station can help you to cast your vote if you need them to
- Your carer or support worker can help you to cast your vote if you need them to
- Ask at the polling station if you need help to cast your vote.
The elections on May 2 will be for 11 of Worcester’s 35 city councillors. Polls will be held in the Arborteum, Bedwardine, Cathedral, Claines, Nunnery, St Clement, St John, St Peter’s, St Stephen, Warndon Parish North and Warndon Parish South wards.
There will also be polls on May 2 for the parish councils in Warndon and St Peter’s. Nine parish councillors will be elected in St Peter’s, four in Warndon Parish Council’s north ward and another four in its south ward.
Residents who have registered to vote but who will not be able to go to a polling station in person on May 2 still have time to arrange for someone else to be able to vote on their behalf with a proxy vote.
The deadlines for proxy vote applications for the City Council and parish council elections is 5pm on April 24.
The election for the European Parliament is scheduled to take place on May 23.